Watermark Book Company
612 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone 360-293-4277
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Hello to all of my happy readers!!!

January was a blur. I genuinely feel like I said "Happy New Year!" and then it was February...How oh how the time does fly. My family's time in Mexico during the store break was exceptional. I read two books and really did a great deal of nothing. I watched my kiddo splash and swim in a pool.

February brings so many good feels to my heart. I know Valentine's Day is commercial and I DON'T CARE! I love it. I love the reds and pinks, I love the hearts and the extra hugs, and the little candies with sweet sentiments on them. All of it makes me smile. My hubby and I met on February 15th nine years ago, so it remains a very special date for us. What can I say...I love LOVE.

I have always been the parent who makes little love care packages for my kids and writes cards to them, and who gives them their favorite candies and of course a book or two. What do I like to get for Valentine's Day? Well, books of course. 😍💕

I continue to make the commitment to support and show up for all community in any way that I can. We are so happy to be part of "Dine and Shop to End Homelessness" again this year. Last year we gave 100% of our day's proceeds, and we will strive to do the same this year. I am in awe of the good work done by the Family Center.

I read some fun things this month--I read Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, a young adult novel. It is a retelling of the Cinderella story. It involves a cyborg, and there's a plague. I really, really enjoyed this story. I could not put it down. I can totally see why teens love this series so much. I also read The Briar, by Craig Wesley Wall, and it was horror genre. I have read from him before. His writing is good and the storytelling never lets me down. It was creepy, and scary...but I could have handled a little more. If you like darker books, he is your guy! I also read Love, by Roddy Doyle. This was a VERY different book for me. It is set in Irish pubs, which have my heart, as I have drunk in many a pub in Ireland. It follows two long-time friends, and they reconnect after many years having not kept in touch, and some of the information they share with each other shocks the other friend. I appreciated the honest look at life, and friendship. I also read a large portion of Alan Cumming's memoir...I will comment next month on that one. This month I will be reading Waterbury Winter, by Linda Stewart Henley--I have the advanced reader from the author, so I will report on that one as well.

Please stay safe, happy, and healthy...Happy Reading!!
Book Signing with David Guterson!
We are SO excited to announce a visit from author David Guterson! He will be stopping by the shop to sign books on Sunday, February 6th from 1-2pm. We will have copies of several of his books in store, including his new novel, The Final Case! You can bring your favorite books by to have them signed, find new books to take home, have something signed for your friend--signed books make great gifts! If you are unable to come on Sunday, don't worry--you are more than welcome to prepay for a copy, and we will make sure it gets signed and personalized to you.
Happy Valentine's Day
Love is in the air at your favorite local bookshop! Let us help you find that special gift for your special someone--we have books, cards, gifty items, and chocolates for all ages!
Date with a Book
To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are offering a blind date with a book! You get just a brief description of the book, and you get to be pleasantly surprised with the next book you'll fall in love with!
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and, here at Watermark, we are proud to offer a great selection of books to celebrate and honor both African-American history and the wonderful stories being created today.
Shop our Sales!
Still searching for a calendar for the year? 2022 calendars are on sale for 40% off, while supplies last! This excludes calendars by local artists.
We are constantly rotating new items onto our sale table! We have perfectly fine books and puzzles on sale for up to 50% off--what deal will you score?
Wild World Next Door
From local author and forestland explorer Bob Jepperson comes Wild World Next Door, a book featuring amazing photography and information to celebrate our local forestlands. We have SIGNED copies here in shop!
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 6th
Author Event 1-2pm
Come get your books signed by local favorite David Guterson! He will be here from 1-2pm to sign your books and say hello!
Thursday, February 10th
Dine and Shop to End Homelessness
We are one of the participating local businesses for this year's Dine and Shop to End Homelessness! Head downtown to support this amazing cause, and follow this link for further information!
Monday, February 14th
Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine's Day! Let us help you pick that special gift for that special someone!
Watermark Book Club
Watermark Book Club is on Zoom! It is a closed book club, and you can let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist. In the meantime, feel free to read along with us! This month we are discussing On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
"This book is so beautiful, exquisite, raw, and heartbreaking that you question: how is it NOT a memoir? The main character, Little Dog, is writing this letter (the book) to his mother, who never learned to speak English. It is his family's story of growing up in Vietnam, and it is the story of this boy's life--a very good glimpse of what he believes are the things that made him and the way he sees the world around him--the good, the bad, and the other. It is ultimately a love letter to his mom--it's a coming of age story, it's his coming out story, and it's the immigrant story."